Former Employee Of The U.S. Forest Service Gets 5-Month Prison Sentence For Making False Statements

Sacramento, California – Paul Leland Johnson, 28, of San Jose, was sentenced today to three years and five months in prison for two counts of making false statements to investigators, U.S. Attorney McGregor W. Scott announced.

On May 23, 2017, a jury found that Johnson made false statements that were material in a U.S. Forest Service investigation of a fire that burned Johnson’s Forest Service truck. Johnson, a former Forest Service recreation employee, had checked out his duty truck in February 2012 and driven to a remote location in the Eldorado National Forest. While it was at that location, the Forest Service truck burned in a vehicle fire that spread to the surrounding wild land.

Following the fire, Johnson made several statements to law enforcement and arson investigators about his actions in relationship to the fire. At trial, evidence proved beyond a reasonable doubt that some of Johnson’s statements to investigators were willfully false.

The press release is available at justice.gov.

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